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BIM Level 2 Housing Project Submittted for Planning

August 31, 2016


We are pleased to announce that our Tops Club housing development for Thurrock Council has been submitted for Planning. 

ECD was selected for this project by Thurrock Council following a design competition to deliver an exemplar scheme that will create 29 new affordable homes. The design involves a development with a 5-storey tower with a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom flats alongside 3 bedroom maisonettes, creating the opportunity for intergenerational occupation, whilst opening up at the front to create a generous communal garden. The site sensitively relocates an existing playground and enhances the local flora and fauna with carefully designed landscape that enriches a child’s experience of play. A tough brief for sustainability is achieved via a highly insulated and airtight building fabric, large areas of photovoltaic cells on the roof, MVHR and grey water recycling. The dark London Stock brick is reminiscent of Dockland’s Victorian industrial structures and a nod to the rich napped flint texture of St Peters Church near to the site. Generous anodised aluminium balconies provide south facing views towards the River Thames whilst creating a sensitive accent for the river facing facade.

The scheme is Thurrock Council’s first BIM level 2 project and is due for completion in 2017.

Derrick Hadeed, Director at ECD responsible for the project commented upon the schemes progress: ‘We believe that social housing projects have great potential for reaching the maximum rewards of BIM where additional standards and future maintenance & management requirements require careful consideration from the early stages of development. BIM allows issues to be explored and communicated more easily with local communities, commercial developers, asset managers and wider stakeholders. ECD aim is to develop best practice for BIM within the social housing sector. By adapting and understating the overall BIM process, savings and improved working practices can be achieved which will represent a smarter and more cost effective way of working both within design and construction helping to maximise the development potential’.